Friday, February 18, 2011

0034. Singapore - Horsburgh Lighthouse

The Horsburgh Lighthouse is a lighthouse which marks the Eastern entrance to the Straits of Singapore.  The Lighthouse was named after Captain James Horsburgh, a Scottish Hydrographer from East India Company, who mapped many seaways around Singapore in the 18th & 19th century.  This is Singapore's Oldest Lighthouse in the South China Sea.

The Lighthouse was built over an outcrop of rocks that for centuries was identified as Pedra Branca (white rock in Portuguese).  The Lighthouse is also known as Pedra Branca Lighthouse.

Singapore commemorated this Lighthouse with the release of stamp in the year 1982.

Built in 1851, the HORSBURGH Lighthouse:

  • Tower is ROUND granite
  • Tower is painted WHITE and BLACK HORIZONTAL bands 
  • Height is 31 meters
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH every 10 seconds

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